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In 1887 the Fremont, Elkhorn, and Missouri Valley Railroad extended its tracks from York to
Hastings. Henderson was built along the railroad on land sold by Cornelius Regier to the Pioneer
Town Site Company in October 1887, for $15,000. The village, named for David Henderson, an
early settler in Henderson Township, became a strong community center with businesses, homes,
and a school established during the first year. The first church, built in 1906, was followed
within a few years by two others.

Railroad service continued to furnish the lifeblood of the town and aid its growth. Although the
depression hit the area hard and the railroad decided to remove its tracks in 1941, community
loyalty and resourcefulness helped overcome adversity. The development of deep well irrigation
and the establishment of manufacturing plants to supply the irrigation business brought a new era
of prosperity. During the 1950s and 1960s the town doubled in population, built a new hospital,
a new school, and many new homes.

The energy and cooperative efforts of its people have made Henderson a landmark among small,
rural Nebraska communities.

Henderson Centennial Committee
Nebraska State Historical Society
City Park, 14th & Cedar Sts., Henderson
York County
Marker 312


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